Comedy – 1980 – HBO Blockheads Special With Mariette Hartley Showcasing Ventrilloquist Professor Al Kantee

DOG ASIDE: Actress Mariette Hartley hosts this 1980 HBO Blockheads Special …..which featured some of the best ventriloquists in the world…..and Professor Al Kanzie….who is featured in this video clip seen herewith…. is one of Europe’s top mime ventriloquists…..as his performance is quite different than the typical ventriloquists….but provides a much more surprising dummy than usual.  For…

Boxing – 1985 – Al Albert + Randy Gordon Showcase World Champions Who Won Olympic Gold Medals

DOG ASIDE: Alan “Al” Albert is a sportscaster….who formerly called basketball games for the New York Nets and Denver Nuggets….as well as national NBA coverage for the USA Network. He was also a play-by-play sportscaster for the Indiana Pacers.  He has also worked in boxing….as seen in this video herewith….as the blow-by-blow announcer for Tuesday Night Fights.  On January 24, 1984, Albert, working for USA…

Auto Racing – 1987 – NBC Sports Highlights Of The Indy 500 – Highway To The Danger Zone

DOG ASIDE: The Indy 500 is an automobile race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Speedway, Indiana, United States….in an event that is held over Memorial Day weekend in late May.  It is contested as part of the Verizon INDYCAR Series….which is the top level of American Championship Car Racing….as an open-wheel open-cockpit formula colloquially known as “Indy Car Racing”…..while the track itself is nicknamed “the Brickyard“….cuz the racing surfacing…

Boxing – 1985 – Ringside Productions 6 Round Bantamweight Bout – John Camaro Vs Orlando Canizales

DOG ASIDE: Orlando Canizales (born November 25, 1965) is an American boxer….who won the International Boxing Federation bantamweight title……as Canizales turned professional in 1984….and was undefeated in twelve fights (one fight was a draw)….of which the one seen herewith with John Camaro was a part of….before meeting the 1984 Olympic gold medalist Paul Gonzales in 1986….to which Gonzales defeated him over  twelve rounds…

Music – 1987 – Kenny Loggnins – Danger Zone – Put To Highlights Of The 1987 Indy 500 Race

DOG ASIDE: “Danger Zone“ is a song with music composed by Giorgio Moroder….and lyrics written by Tom Whitlock….which American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins recorded and released in 1986. The song was one of the hit singles from the soundtrack to the 1986 American motion picture Top Gun….which became the best selling soundtrack of 1986….and one of the best selling of all time.  According to Allmusic.com, the…

Boxing – 1987 – 10 Rnd Jr Welterwt Bout With Frankie Warren Vs Gene Hatcher PreFight Show Special

DOG ASIDE: As a huge fan of the art of pugilism….this lil ole chiweenie Sportsphile has become a big fan of the PreFight Shows that precede the networks airing of the actual fight….for these buildups to each fight always give insight and typically wonderful highlights of each fighter prior to entering the ring for the fight to…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – Race Leader Roberto Guerrero And The Pit Stop From Hell

DOG ASIDE: Roberto José Guerrero (born 16 November 1958) is a former racing driver from Colombia…..who  participated in 29 Formula One Grands Prix after debuting in 1982.  With no championship points in Formula One and no prospects to drive for a competitive team….Guerrero left at the end of the 1983 season to race in the United States….where he had an auspicious…

Boxing – 1988 – HBO Larry Merchant Studio Review Of Mike Tyson Vs Michael Spinks Heavywt Title Fight

DOG ASIDE: Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks was a boxing match which took place on Monday June 27, 1988…..when both men were undefeated and each had a claim to being the legitimate heavyweight champion. At the time, Tyson held the belts of all three of the major sanctioning organizations of the WBC (World Boxing Council)…the WBA (World Boxing Association)….and IBF (International…

Auto Racing – 1987 – Indy 500 Special – The Story Of # 87 Steve Chassey As Told By His Son Blake

DOG ASIDE: Steve Chassey (born February 27, 1945) is a former driver in the CART Championship Car series….who  raced in 9 seasons (1981, 1983–1989, and 1992) with 44 career starts….including the Indianapolis 500 in 1983, 1987 (as seen in this video herewith) and 1988.  He finished in the top ten 4 times….with his best finish in 5th position in 1981 at Watkins…